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$6K cheaper than MG 3 hybrid! Suzuki Swift Hybrid priced to please against rivals including Toyota Yaris, Mazda2 and Kia Picanto

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Suzuki Swift Hybrid
Suzuki Swift Hybrid

Suzuki’s first hybrid has hit Australia, with keener pricing and positioning than anticipated for maximum impact.

The Swift Hybrid kicks off from a keen $24,490 drive-away, which is about the same asking price as the outgoing version.

This makes the new Swift Hybrid Australia’s cheapest "hybrid", undercutting its established Toyota Yaris Ascent Sport hybrid compatriot from $28,500 before on-road costs (ORC), as well as China's newly-released MG 3 Hybrid+ Excite from $27,990 before ORC.

That $24,490-drive-away price is for the entry-level Swift Hybrid in highly-unusual five-speed manual guise, although the expected volume-selling Hybrid automatic also beats its rivals, starting from $26,990 drive-away.

Every version of the sixth-gen Swift wears the ‘Hybrid’ badge, it denotes a simpler mild-hybrid system.

This pairs a 61kW/112Nm 1.2-litre three-cylinder petrol engine with a new integrated starter/generator set-up (ISG) that Suzuki claims operates like a small electric motor unit, delivering an additional 2.3kW and 60Nm.

2024 Toyota Yaris Ascent Sport Hybrid
2024 Toyota Yaris Ascent Sport Hybrid

Essentially, it generates supplementary electricity under acceleration, to ease the engine’s reliance on petrol and boost performance, while kinetic energy garnered from regenerative braking recharges the 12-volt lithium-ion battery that lives beneath the front passenger-side floor. The Swift never drives purely on electricity.

Designed to be light and for increased fuel efficiency, the 919kg Swift Hybrid with the standard five-speed manual gearbox returns an impressive 3.8 litres per 100km on the combined average cycle, while the Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) version at 957kg bumps that figure up to 4.0L/100km.

2024 Suzuki Swift Hybrid
2024 Suzuki Swift Hybrid

These figures translate to carbon dioxide emissions ratings of 78 and 80 grams per kilometre respectively.

The Yaris CVT hybrid weighs 1130kg and uses a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor for a total of 85kW and 141Nm. It uses just 3.3L/100km and produces 76g/km and unlike the Swift its electric motor drives the wheels.

The just-released MG 3 Hybrid+ Excite is even heavier and uses a three-speed “Electronic Gear Shifter” automatic, with an 81kW/142Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 155kW electric motor, offering up 4.3L/100km and 100g/km.

2024 MG 3 Hybrid+
2024 MG 3 Hybrid+

Only the Yaris hybrid is tuned to run on 91 RON standard unleaded petrol, compared to the others’ preference for the more-expensive 95 RON premium unleaded brew.

The new Swift Hybrid range rights a few of the specification wrongs from the previous generation.

2024 Suzuki Swift Hybrid
2024 Suzuki Swift Hybrid

All grades include driver-assist safety tech like Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), along with lane-support systems, adaptive cruise control, rear parking sensors, LED lights, telescopic as well as tilt steering adjustment and keyless entry/start.

You'll also find a 9.0-inch touchscreen (up two inches) as part of a new multimedia set-up, wireless for Apple CarPlay (but not for the Android Auto), a digital radio, heated mirrors, traffic sign recognition, auto high beams and an alarm across the board.

2024 Suzuki Swift Hybrid
2024 Suzuki Swift Hybrid

The base-model Hybrid alone lacks a few items that were previously standard in the outgoing entry-level Swift.

These include a driver’s seat-height adjuster, leather-wrapped steering wheel, privacy glass, alloy wheels, front passenger vanity mirror, front-seat map pockets, multiple USB charging outlets and a spare wheel (though you can pay extra for one as the wheel-well remains).

2024 Suzuki Swift Hybrid
2024 Suzuki Swift Hybrid

All of the above except the missing spare are included in the new Hybrid Plus auto grade from $28,490 drive-away, along with additional driver-assist tech like rear cross-traffic alert, blind-spot monitoring as well as heated front seats.

A wireless phone charger, folding exterior mirrors, steering wheel paddle shifters, climate control, glossy alloys and more form part of the flagship Hybrid GLX auto from $29,490 drive-away.

Suzuki is so confident that it has priced and positioned the new Swift Hybrid just right for Australia it anticipates the 41-year-old nameplate to reclaim the position of brand bestseller from the high-flying Jimny small 4x4.

VariantPrice (drive-away)
Swift Hybrid manual$24,490
Swift Hybrid auto$26,990
Swift Hybrid Plus auto$28,490
Swift Hybrid GLX auto$29,490
Byron Mathioudakis
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Byron started his motoring journalism career when he joined John Mellor in 1997 before becoming a freelance motoring writer two years later. He wrote for several motoring publications and was ABC Youth radio Triple J's "all things automotive" correspondent from 2001 to 2003. He rejoined John Mellor in early 2003 and has been with GoAutoMedia as a senior product and industry journalist ever since. With an eye for detail and a vast knowledge base of both new and used cars Byron lives and breathes motoring. His encyclopedic knowledge of cars was acquired from childhood by reading just about every issue of every car magazine ever to hit a newsstand in Australia. The child Byron was the consummate car spotter, devoured and collected anything written about cars that he could lay his hands on and by nine had driven more imaginary miles at the wheel of the family Ford Falcon in the driveway at home than many people drive in a lifetime. The teenage Byron filled in the agonising years leading up to getting his driver's license by reading the words of the leading motoring editors of the country and learning what they look for in a car and how to write it. In short, Byron loves cars and knows pretty much all there is to know about every vehicle released during his lifetime as well as most of the ones that were around before then.
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